The complexity of identity-Week 1

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Reading 1 The complexity of identity “Who Am I?” Many dimensions: social context, gender, age, wealth, sex. Orientation, religion, others view of you Erik Erikson(termed identity crisis): social, cultural, and historical context forms identity -its observation and reflection -often during adolescence(in western cultures) because of ability for self-reflection Who Am I? Multiple Identities -member of dominant social group rarely mention that to describe themselves -example; blacks mention they are black, whites don’t -taken for granted by them and the dominant culture -image reflected by others similar to the image within -parts of identity that capture attention are those that other people notice and reflect back -seven categories of otherness: race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, and physical or mental ability -each has a form of oppression (one group dominant and another subordinate) Domination and Subordination
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